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My name is Pat and I live in Florida. My skin will never be smooth again and my hair will never see color. I enjoy collecting autographs and playing in Paint Shop Pro.,along with reading and writing. Sometimes, I enjoy myself by doing volunteer "work" helping celebrities at autograph shows. I love animals and at one time I did volunteer work for Tippi Hedren's Shambala Preserve.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Wise Mans Fear

 The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss.
Hardcover: 994 pages
Publisher: DAW Hardcover (March 1, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0756404738

From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. As seamless and lyrical as a song from the lute-playing adventurer and arcanist Kvothe, this mesmerizing sequel to Rothfuss's 2007's debut, The Name of the Wind, is a towering work of fantasy. As Kvothe, now the unassuming keeper of the Waystone Inn, continues to share his astounding life story—a history that includes saving an influential lord from treachery, defeating a band of dangerous bandits, and surviving an encounter with a legendary Fae seductress—he also offers glimpses into his life's true pursuit: figuring out how to vanquish the mythical Chandrian, a group of seven godlike destroyers that brutally murdered his family and left him an orphan. But while Kvothe recalls the events of his past, his future is conspiring just outside the inn's doors. This breathtakingly epic story is heartrending in its intimacy and masterful in its narrative essence, and will leave fans waiting on tenterhooks for the final installment.
It was May 1st when I finished reading Name of the Wind.  Knowing I have become a slow reader I am almost surprised that I read this 994 page book in 21 days!  My thumbs will be forever sore holding this book up!
As we all know I stink at "reviews" which is why I always use the review from Amazon. But I will say a few things about the book...
Once again: short chapters! (gotta love Rothfuss for short chapters!!)
Once again: absolutely beautiful story telling. 
If I said this book was worth the long wait everyone had between book one and book two then he might take that long to write book I won't say that.  Actually, I can't say that.  I bought Name of the Wind a few  years ago and didn't read it.  I wanted to wait for book 2 to be out.  At that time I didn't realize how long it would take for book 2 to come out!... but I had them both and read them back to back.  A worthy feat!  However, now I wonder how long before the last books comes out!
The protagonist, Kvothe, is definitely someone worth reading about.  Not always easy to say when I tend to feel this is a "man's book" but written in such a way that a woman can enjoy it just as much. Enjoyable enough that I really wish we only had one year to wait for the next book!
In the end I'll just say that if you liked Name of the Wind you will like Wise Man's Fear, no doubt about it.. it's an extension of book one!! 
Patrick Rothfuss is one very fine writer!
I Googled for  Reviews of Wise Man's Fear because the book deserves real reviews!:
The Little Red Reviewer
Pats Fantasy Hotlist
Fantasy Book Critic

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Name of the Wind

Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.

Paperback: 672 pages
Publisher: DAW Trade; (April 7, 2009)
ISBN-10: 0756405890

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. The originality of Rothfuss's outstanding debut fantasy, the first of a trilogy, lies less in its unnamed imaginary world than in its precise execution. Kvothe ("pronounced nearly the same as 'Quothe' "), the hero and villain of a thousand tales who's presumed dead, lives as the simple proprietor of the Waystone Inn under an assumed name. Prompted by a biographer called Chronicler who realizes his true identity, Kvothe starts to tell his life story. From his upbringing as an actor in his family's traveling troupe of magicians, jugglers and jesters, the Edema Ruh, to feral child on the streets of the vast port city of Tarbean, then his education at "the University," Kvothe is driven by twin imperatives—his desire to learn the higher magic of naming and his need to discover as much as possible about the Chandrian, the demons of legend who murdered his family.

Well, amazon's review is nice and Carl's review even better...

My review sucks as they always do! But I will say a few words about the book anyway, because that's what I do....

..yes, the book was very good.

..yes it was long.

..yes I will read book 2, which I already have.(and which is longer than book one... lord help me ..1,000 pages?! that should be two books not one !)

..I have to say that I felt something odd about this book which I have not felt with any other's not bad and it's not good, it just IS. I kept feeling that this book is written for a man. Nope not a bad thing and yet a little something was missing (?) from the book to make me feel that way, but I can't tell you what it is, I just know I found myself thinking that it was written for men a number of times as I read it and I've never had that thought about a book before, not even the war filled, gory LOtR.

..yes, in case you wondered, there are a few females in the book, that's not it.

..the book is written quite like a biography.. and I enjoyed that, like listening to your new friend tell you the story of his life... in quite a bit of detail. As others I know who have read the book, I really like Kvothe.

.. I found myself picking up the book to read much more readily then I expected to. And I absolutely loved that it has short chapters!! (I always read more at each sitting with a book that has short chapters)

..I also liked that the book is very original.. more so than many others I have read.

..I do believe anyone who reads this book will enjoy it (it's hard not to) is easily sucked into the story. Kvothe is a really good protagonist that has a story to tell...and tell it he does.

..and lastly, before I head for book 2.. I hope book 3 doesn't take 3 or 4 yrs to come out!

Addendum :

I have begun book 2 and my brain kicked into gear and I thought, "Patrick Rothfuss must have taken lessons from Charles Dickens and Wilke Collins to have written such long books!"